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    Mike is Keeneland’s longtime odds maker and is recognized as being one of the best handicappers in America. In addition to his duties at Keeneland, he is a racing analyst for NBC’s Thoroughbred racing coverage.


    Saturday, April 8, 2017

    1st Race: BITUMEN (#5) has been off since finishing seventh in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) here in October. He has been training steadily for Eddie Kenneally and figures best in here despite the layoff. STAR EMPIRE (#4) disappointed at Turfway but may not have cared for the all-weather surface. He should like the move back to dirt and can be expected to run much better today. HUNKA BURNING LOVE (#6) has the speed to be on or near the lead and is a contender.

     

    2nd Race: ETIQUETTE (#2) finished in the money in six of her seven races last year and just missed in her only start here at Keeneland. She is training well for her comeback for Graham Motion and gets the nod with Jose Ortiz aboard. ANNATHELA (#6) was no match for an impressive winner last out at Tampa but ran evenly in that one and a similar effort makes her the one to beat today. TOASTED (#4) comes off a solid maiden win and has to be considered.

     

    3rd Race: HOMESPUN HERO (#5) is a consistent runner from trainer Mike Maker. He looked sharp winning last out and owns a win over the Keeneland surface. He can rally from off what figures to be a fast pace and gets the nod in a tough allowance race. MANIACAL (#2) is a lightly raced 4-year-old in the capable hands of trainer Wesley Ward. He has been idle since July but came back after a long layoff to win here last April and will be tough to catch. SCHIVARELLI (#8) has been dull in his last two but is capable of better.

     

    4th Race: SWITZERLAND (#12) was beaten as the odds-on favorite in his debut but should move forward off that effort. He looks best with Joel Rosario picking up the mount for trainer Chad Brown. GIUSEPPE THE GREAT (#12) finished behind the top pick in his debut but showed big improvement in his next start. He posted a recent bullet work for trainer Nick Zito and is definitely the one to beat. AMERICAN SPARROW (#5) is a contender.

     

    5th Race: HEAVEN IS WAITING (#2) was an even sixth in the Dixiana Bourbon (G3) here in October but lost his best chance when he broke poorly and was bothered leaving the gate. He could spring the mild upset. CHANNEL MAKER (#1) moves to the barn of Bill Mott after a dull effort in the Palm Beach (G3). He should improve off that effort and a return to his best form makes him dangerous. BIG BEND (#8) had a rough trip last out and can run well in this one.

     

    6th Race – Commonwealth (G3)

    A. P. INDIAN (#8) won six in a row before finishing fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) last year. He holds the track record at Keeneland for six furlongs and is undefeated at today's distance of 7 furlongs. He has trained well for his 7-year-old debut and gets the nod with Joe Bravo back aboard for trainer Arnaud Delacour. AWESOME SLEW (#9) ran a big races in his first start for the Mark Casse barn. He will be running at the end and is capable of winning if the favorite comes up short. LIMOUSINE LIBERAL (#3) loves this track and has to be respected.

     

    7th Race – Shakertown (G2)

    RAINBOW HEIR (#2) is a 7-year-old multiple stakes winner who seems to have found new life on the turf for trainer Jason Servis. His last two races at Gulfstream were impressive and he looks best in the Shakertown with Trevor McCarthy back aboard. JUSTIN SQUARED (#4) is a lightly raced 4-year-old trained by Wesley Ward. He looks like the fastest from the gate and could go a long way on the front end at decent odds. MONGOLIAN SATURDAY (#6) loves the Keeneland lawn and is always dangerous.

     

    8th Race – Madison (G1)

    PAULASSILVERLINING (#6) had an excellent 4-year-old campaign including a third-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1). She was a recent private purchase for Juddmonte, and new trainer Chad Brown figures to have her ready to go in the Madison. CONSTELLATION (#4) was beaten as the odds-on favorite last out after reeling off two impressive wins for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. She figures to be tough to beat but has to spot the top pick five pounds today. PAID UP SUBSCRIBER (#1) also makes her first start for Chad Brown and was good enough to finish second in the Juddmonte Spinster (G1) here last October in her last start.

     

    9th Race – Central Bank Ashland (G1)

    ELATE (#2) is short on experience with just a maiden win in her three starts for Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider and trainer Bill Mott. She has been a beaten favorite in her last two but lost her best chance last out when she broke a step slowly and dropped far back in the early going. A better trip from the two post would make her tough to beat in the Central Bank Ashland. DADDYS LIL DARLING (#6) is a very talented filly in the capable hands of trainer Kenny McPeek. She is a graded stakes winner who was probably the best in the Darley Alcibiades (G1) here in October but finished second after breaking from post 14. She will be running at the end and her best would make her dangerous. TAPPED (#8) dropped back to last before rallying five wide to win at Santa Anita and is a contender.

     

    10th Race – Toyota Blue Grass (G1)

    TAPWRIT (#4) was beaten by MCCRAKEN in the Sam F. Davis (G3) but came back to score impressively in the Tampa Bay Derby (G3). He has shown improvement with every start for trainer Todd Pletcher and figures to love the added distance. Give him the slight edge in an excellent renewal of the Toyota Blue Grass. Undefeated MCCRAKEN (#2) is the Kentucky Derby (G1) favorite going into today's action. He is another one who has gotten better with every race and trainer Ian Wilkes will have him ready to go today. He will be hard to beat. J BOYS ECHO (#3) ran a huge race in the Gotham (G3) and a similar performance makes him a definite contender. WILD SHOT (#5) was taken back off a quick early pace in the Tampa Bay Derby but ran well to finish third and figures to be closer to the front today.

     

    11th Race: LIDO (#2) gets the edge in the finale. ASTICOU TRAIL (#4) looks like the one to beat. AUNTIES THE ONE (#9) has only had one race and should improve. 

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